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Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS)

Master's Degree

There has never been a better time to step into the rapidly growing, in-demand field of data science. The role of technology in business has changed dramatically over the last decade. With the increasing abundance of data available, businesses are placing more and more importance on roles that focus on the creation, analysis and presentation of data.

The Rasmussen College Master of Science in Data Science degree program relies on authentic assessments that encompass real-world scenarios, case studies that give insight into various industries and exploration of emerging analytical technologies. With no GRE requirement and four start dates per year you can balance work, life and your education with a flexible, affordable, fully online, competency-based education program that can be completed in as few as 18 months for as low as $20,000.1

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Curriculum Built Around In-Demand Tools and Languages

The online Master of Science in Data Science degree program was designed for working professionals looking to grow their skill set and advance their career. Our program was developed in partnership with industry leaders from the technology and business fields. It incorporates industry-standard tools and languages including Tableau, SAS®, Scala, Python, R and Microsoft Azure®.2

Flex Choice®: Get Credit for What You Know

This Master’s degree is a Flex Choice® competency-based education program (CBE). The unique design of its courses allows you to show what you know as soon as you know it. As a national leader in CBE, we are helping to advance this cutting-edge, faculty-led, project-based learning approach that prioritizes your learning over deadlines. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice page.

Four Start Dates a Year

With four start dates a year and a total of 12 courses—each 11 weeks in length—you can begin your education when you’re ready and finish in as few as 18 months for as low as $20,000.1

Regional Accreditation

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Credentials Offered

Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS)

Master's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Flex Choice®
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students interested in advancing their careers with more knowledge of big data, deep analysis, artificial intelligence, processes that drive information, insights and business intelligence.

Students interested in advancing their professional skills in analytics, leadership, strategy and management online in order to advance their career and become a strategic leader in their organization.

Prepares you for

Data scientist, data engineer, data architect, data modeler, data analyst, data developer or business analyst.

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Turn Your Education into a Career

The online Master of Science in Data Science degree program was designed for working professionals looking to grow their skill set and advance their career. Developed in partnership with industry leaders from the technology and business fields, it incorporates industry-standard tools and languages including Tableau, SAS®, Scala, Python, R and Microsoft Azure®. You’ll participate in project-based courses that simulate real-world scenarios by designing, implementing and communicating organizational analytical objectives.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.3 Here's an example of where a Data Science Master’s degree can take you.

Management Analyst

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $47,140 10th Percentile
    • $61,610 25th Percentile
    • $82,450 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree
Donald Wedding, Rasmussen College Data Science instructor

A Master's degree in Data Science offers in-depth knowledge of industry-specific skills. The goal is that when you walk out, you’ll need a minimum of on-boarding time for employers, saving time and money.

Rasmussen College Data Science instructor

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Tableau is a registered trademark of Tableau Software, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries.
    SAS is a registered trademark of SAS Institute Inc.
    Microsoft Azure is registered trademarks of Microsoft Inc.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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